Refugee boy – Benjamin Zephaniah

Based on the bitter conflict between Ethiopia and Eritrea, this story revolves around fourteen-year-old Alem who is taken to England on a ‘holiday’ by his father for protection. Left there alone, as his Ethiopian father goes back to look for his Eritrean mother, Alem is forced through the courts and the foster system with the hope of gaining political asylum. The difficulties he faces underscore the tragic circumstances which often frequent the lives of asylum seekers, and demonstrate the courage and humanity of individuals like Alem.

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